"They got an early power play goal and had more pace than we did. It was a tough game. They played well." said Larsen
Colorado led, 1-0, after one. Shots were 13-7, Avalanche.
Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly struck early in the second period off a broken play in the neutral zone to send the Avalanche up 2-0 at the 2:24 mark. Gabriel Landeskog, who was the second overall pick in this year’s Draft, assisted on the play.
Dallas would get a chance to cut the lead in half midway through the period on the power play, but failed to generate any shots or offensive opportunities with the man advantage.
Hoping to provide a spark for a Dallas team that, at times, looked fatigued, Barch dropped the gloves against Patrick Bordeleau late in the second period.
Despite the spirited fight, the Stars would fail to gain any momentum despite going on the power play late in the period.
O’Reilly’s second goal of the night, a rebound off a slap shot from the point, would send the Avs into the second intermission leading the struggling Stars 3-0.
Shots after two periods were 20-12 in favor of Colorado.
The third period was rather uneventful, with both teams generating few scoring chances.
J.S. Giguere finished the game with a shutout by turning away all 16 Dallas shots. Bachman went the distance for the Stars and finished with 28 saves on 31 shots.
Overall, the Stars brought a lot of young players to the game and it was another chance for Dallas scouts to see them against good competition.
“With the lineup they had, it was a pretty good line up,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We knew they were going to come out with pace. It’s a good learning game for our defense and our younger guys. It gives our scouts a look at guys in a fast paced game.”
Gulutzan added, “We've balanced our lineups with our play in preseason so far with pairs and lines and young guys. These last three games we are going to narrow it down to our team and try to develop some chemistry.”
Dallas will next play at Florida on Tuesday evening.